Draped Nimbostratus (An Open Window Unit) represents a hybrid form of design, involving textile art, sculpture and architecture. The works is a sound absorbing installation and a result of Bendixen’s PhD thesis on the possibilities of an acoustic textile architecture, in which the placement under the ceiling as well as the folded structure increase the sound absorbing property of the textile.
Draped Nimbostratus (An Open Window Unit) is made of 100 % woven new wool (Divina from Kvadrat A/S) and polyester wire. The cloud is built up of rhombus shaped modules of 175 x 190 cm (in plane state). Draped Nimbostratus is an attempt to develop the architectural potential of sound absorption. Sound absorption ‘sounds’ like an open window – the sound disappears. This was demonstrated by W. C. Sabine in 1898 and consequently he called the unit of measurement Open Window Unit.
Draped Nimbostratus (An Open Window Unit) reveals how a relatively massive and extensive material also visually can construct space as the cloud can give rise to associations to the outside. In this way the visual impression can support the auditory sensation of space. With concurrent auditory and visual expressions, sound absorption can become an architectural parameter and contribute to sensuously nuanced spaces.
The title Draped Nimbostratus refers to the cloud motif but also to the way the textile is folded and draped. This means that the folds in the textile arise from the way the textile hangs – which is determined by its weight versus its stiffness. Only the technique is chosen by the architect – wires draw the textile together – the final form is given by the textile and by gravity. The intention behind the work is to reveal the inherent forces of textile and in the same time obtain a poetic analogy to nature.
May 2015 : Stand Galerie Maria Wettergren, Design Miami/Basel, Switzerland
2014 : Open Window Units, Nicolai, Kolding, Denmark
2012 : Under en Sort Sol, Rundetårn, Copenhagen, Denmark
b. 1975 Denmark
The Danish architect Cecilie Bendixen is considered as one of the most innovating textile artists of Scandinavia. She made a Ph.D. research project on textiles and sound, underlining two main questions: how sound can be shaped by textile and conversely how textiles can be shaped by sound? These questions have given form to a series of sound absorbing textile sculptures and installations, such as the monumental installation Draped Nimbostratus (2013) as well as the delicate thread sculpture Sun Disc, 2015) and sculptural lightings based on draped textiles (Volume, 2015) and (Much, 2016). Cecilie Bendixen’s interdisciplinary approach to design, involving science, arts, crafts and architecture makes her an important contributor to the contemporary art scene.
Cecilie Bendixen has exhibited in various contexts such as the Charlottenborg Spring Exhibitions, Design Miami and Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum. She was nominated for the Nordic Textile Awards in 2017, and the same year she received the Bindesboell Medal.
2013 PhD, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design / Kvadrat A/S
2005 Architect, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture
2019 Phenomena, Solo Show, Galerie Maria Wettergren
2019 Galerie Maria Wettergren, PAD London, United Kingdom
2019 Galerie Maria Wettergren, Design Miami/Basel, Switzerland
2019 CRAFTED MATTER, selected design exhibition, Korea, arranged by the Danish Arts Foundation
2019 World Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art in Madrid, exhibition, conference and Masterclass at IED, Design School of Madrid
2019 Site specific concrete / textile installation at Art Village Selde, Denmark
2019 Deep Forest Artland, Skibelund Tent and workshops at the festival INGRID
2018 Mindcraft, Milan, Italy
2018 Galerie Maria Wettergren, Design Miami/Basel, Switzerland
2017 Galerie Maria Wettergren, The Salon Art + Design, New York, USA
2016 Draperet Nimbostratus (version II). Permanent installation private collection, Virginia USA
2016 Much, Sound absorbing lamp. Galerie Maria Wettergren
2016 Hanging Waves, Sound absorbing lamp. Denmark’s Tekniske Universitet
2016 Slinky Tubes, Sound absorbing lamp. Denmark’s Tekniske Universitet
2015 Galerie Maria Wettergren, THE SALON ART+DESIGN, New York, USA
2015 Galerie Maria Wettergren, PAD London, United Kingdom
2015 Galerie Maria Wettergren, Design Miami/Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2015 Fugl Fønix, Saxkjøbing Sukkerfabrik, Sakskøbing, Denmark
2015 Lys_object at Gallery Superobjekt, Copenhagen, Denmark
2014 Open Window Units, Nicolai, Kolding, Denmark
2012 Under en Sort Sol, Rundetårn, Copenhagen, Denmark
SELECTED GRANTS AND AWARDS
2019 Selected to create a permanent installation, Skanderup Boarding School, Denmark
2019 Acquisition of Volume Yellow, Danish Arts Foundation
2019 Danish Arts Foundation, Work Grant
2014 Denmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Fund (in collaboration with fashion designer Laura Baruël)
2012 Denmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Fund
2012 Danish Arts Foundation, Committee for Visual Arts Project Funding (coll. with artist Sophus Ejler Jepsen)
2012 Danish Arts Foundation, Committee for Crafts and Design Project Funding
2012 Danish Arts Foundation, Committee for Architecture Grants and Project Funding
2006 Artist of the year in Fredericia
2003 Residency at Nordisk Kunstnarsenter Dalsåsen, Norway